How New Brunswickers marked Christmas 1918 in the midst of a deadly Influenza Pandemic will be the focus of the York Sunbury Historical Society’s December virtual speaker series featuring historian Dr. Jane Jenkins.
Carolling in a Crisis: Christmas in New Brunswick during the 1918 Influenza Epidemic will be held via ZOOM at 7 pm on Thursday, December 10, 2020. This FREE presentation will be recorded and made available online after the event.
Dr. Jane Jenkins is an historian of science currently writing a book about the experience of the 1918 influenza epidemic in New Brunswick and the establishment of the province’s first Department of Health.
Christmas in 1918 New Brunswick was a somber occasion. Although the so-called “war to end all wars” had staggered to its bloody end just a month earlier, people were still recovering from the home-front war effort as well as the heart-breaking deaths of loved ones who would never return from overseas.
New Brunswickers were also facing a new and different kind of war against the deadly influenza pandemic that had swept into the province in October 1918. By December, as influenza deaths increased, Christmas brought little cheer. This talk recounts the overall impact of the 1918 influenza epidemic on New Brunswick (especially at Christmas) and how the epidemic motivated public health reform.
Carolling in a Crisis: Christmas in New Brunswick during the 1918 Influenza Epidemic provides a vivid context for the Pandemic Christmas the world will celebrate in 2020.
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